Staunton, May 25 – The Russian authorities have had great and much self-advertised success in extending life expectancy by pushing down infant mortality to rates comparable to Western Europe, but they have not succeeded and in many cases have not even attempted to reduce the tragedy of super-high mortality rates among working-age men.
Those, the product of excessive alcohol consumption, other poor lifestyle choices, accidents and suicides, have remained at Third World levels. (For background, see
windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/08/gap-between-male-and-female-mortality.html, windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/02/70-percent-of-deaths-among-working-age.html and windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/01/five-demographic-problems-moscow-wont.html).
Now, in the face of all of Russia’s other problems, this demographic disaster is getting worse. Yevgeniy Bryun, a specialist on addictions, says that mortality among working age Russians was higher in the first quarter of 2020 than it was during the same period a year earlier (versia.ru/v-rossii-stali-chashhe-umirat-trudosposobnye-grazhdane